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Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Climbers

The ability to climb and scramble over the ground or other plants is the only characteristic shared by plants in this category.

Anemopaegma chamberlaynii Bureau & K.Schum.

Vigorous, tender climber with large, bright yellow, funnel-shaped or tubular flowers in axillary racemes.  [RHSD, Hortus]. 

Araujia sericifera Brot.

An unidentified Physianthus or Arauja species, twining or climbing perennials.  Physianthus is now generally included with Araujia and Physianthus tricolor may be another Araujia species.  Possibly Arauja  sericifera Brot.   which is described and illustrated here, although it is difficult to see how the specific epithet tricolor applies to this plant.

Aristolochia macrophylla Lam.

Hardy deciduous climber with heart to kidney-shaped leaves, the flowers tubular, yellowish-green outside and purplish-brown at the mouth, in summer.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Aristolochia sempervirens L.

Frost tender evergreen climber, occasionally procumbent, with leathery, triangular leaves, to 10cm long, and solitary, funnel-shaped yellow flowers with a purple stripe and strongly curved tube, to 5cm long, in spring. To 5m.  [RHSD].

Asparagus medeoloides (L.f.) Thunb.

Frost tender twining sub-shrub with leathery, ovate cladophylles and small, solitary or paired greenish-white flowers followed by red berries.  To 1.5m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Asystasia scandens Hook.

Frost tender, evergreen twining plant or straggling shrub with terminal racemes of delicate, creamy white petunia-like flowers produced in abundance in racemes at the axils of every leaf.  Flowers for several months.  To 2m.  [RHSD].

Bauhinia scandens L.

Frost-tender evergreen woody climbing shrub, branching from the ground, with terminal racemes of small, deep pink flowers in spring and autumn.  To 2.5m.  [Don].

Bauhinia vahlii Wight & Arn.

A giant woody climber in the wild, leaves heart-shaped at the base and with distinct, roundish lobes, and yellowish-white flowers borne in racemes.  [various sources].

Beaumontia grandiflora Wall.

Frost-tender, vigorous, evergreen, twining climber with large, ovate, deep green leaves, reddish when young, and fragrant, trumpet-shaped white flowers in terminal and axillary corymbs in spring and summer.  To 15m.  [RHSE, Hortus]. 

Bignonia capreolata L.

Half hardy vigorous climber with opposite leaves to 18cm long, usually consisting of 2 leaflets and 1 tendril. Orange-red flowers are borne in summer.  To 10m or more.  [RHSE, Hilliers', Hortus].

Bignonia unguis-cati L.

Vigorous, woody climber with persistent underground tubers, twining climbing branches and solitary bright yellow flowers.  The name Cat’s Claw relates to the claw-like leaf appendages, seen clearly in the figure, which aid climbing. [RHSD, Hortus].

Blumenbachia insignis Schräd.

Trailing and twining annual with palmate leaves and white flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Bomarea ovata (Cav.) Herb.

Frost-tender, tuberous-rooted, twining, climbing perennial with 1-4 flowers per stem, pink with green tips outside and copiously spotted with claret brown inside.  It is a very variable plant, attested by the large number of synonyms, with descriptions in the literature varying accordingly.  [RHSD, Baker Am.].  Baker describes Bomarea edulis var. ovata (Cav.) Mirb. as having broader leaves, more rounded at the base, and larger flowers than the species.  [Baker Am.].

Bomarea salsilla (L.) Mirb.

Frost-tender, tuberous-rooted, twining, climbing perennial with 1-4 flowers per stem, pink with green tips outside and copiously spotted with claret brown inside.  It seems to be a very variable plant with descriptions in the literature varying accordingly.  [RHSD, Baker Am.]. 

Bomarea salsilla (L.) Mirb. var. oculata

Frost-tender, tuberous-rooted, twining, climbing perennial with 1-4 flowers per stem, pink with green tips outside and copiously spotted with claret brown inside.  It seems to be a very variable plant with descriptions in the literature varying accordingly.  [RHSD, Baker Am.]. See also Bomarea salsilla (L.) Mirb.

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